Corey Brewer might wind up a valuable piece, and if new President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson sniffs a star trade, Brewer is excellent salary ballast that won't require extra value to move.
Some teams, including the Wizards, might be willing to give a first-round pick to the Lakers in a trade of Williams, but even two second-round choices, with the youth the Lakers have on their roster, would work out well for them.
Looking more closely at Charlotte's situation, it's obvious that their bench has not necessarily stood out as a problem by this one metric so far this year.
And as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets. Already loaded with James Harden, Eric Gordon, and Ryan Anderson, Williams is another player who is likely to come off the bench. He will be paid $7 million for the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 seasons respectively.
Williams brings the ability to create on his own, as he is in the 94th percentile in pick and roll situations, and 92nd when factoring passes. This season Williams is hitting 50.9 percent of this corner threes and is a career 40.7 percent shooter on such shots. Brewer wasn't someone who was heavily involved in that offense, and he averaged 4.2 points on 23.4 percent from downtown in about 16 minutes a night. It was not a four player transaction, or a trade that is expected to have a massive impact on the Los Angeles Lakers performance.
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For the Lakers, it seems like there could have been better deals floating around the league.
There was a lot of question if the Los Angeles Lakers would be making any transactions before the trade deadline.
Of course, the Lakers are also in a race to keep their top-three protected draft pick, so trading away arguably the best player on the team could also be a move to increasing their odds at keeping their draft pick, i.e. tanking.
A key element in the trade is the draft pick the Lakers received. Even if he does turn out to be marginally better than one of their young players, it's unlikely he'll ever see enough time to usurp a rotation spot from them. He's under contract for $7 million next season. It appears Williams will be able to add to this high-scoring total.